Biography

1979 born in Israel, IL
1999 Women’s Institute of Judaic Studies, IL
2000 School of Social Work, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, IL
2004 Jerusalem Studio School, Jerusalem, IL
2004-2006 Educator, Dorot Stipendium, Jerusalem, IL
2004-2008 Senior Educator & Program Coordinator, The Nesiya Institute, Jerusalem, IL
2009-2010 Instructor of Record, Figure Drawing, Boston University, Boston, US
2009-2013 Visual Arts Instructor, Brandeis Institute for Music and Art, Brandeis University, Waltham, US
2010 MFA in painting, Boston University, Boston, US
2010-2014 Visual Arts Instructor, School of the Arts, 92nd Street Y, New York, US
2014-present Assistant Director, Brandeis Institute of Music and Art, Brandeis University, Waltham, US
2014-present Board Member, Visual Arts Advisory Board, School of Visual Arts, Boston University College of Fine Arts, Boston, US
2015-present Founding Director and Senior Educator, PopUp for Change, 14th Street Y, New York, US
2017 Member of Review Panel, BRIC Arts Media House, Brooklyn, US

Tirtzah Bessel lives and works in Brooklyn New York, US


Exhibitions

2018
"When You Are Everywhere", Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart, DE (S)

2017
"New York Paintings - 4 junge Maler aus Brooklyn", Kunstverein Worms, Worms, DE (G)

2016
"Terminal", BRIC Arts Media House, New York, US (S)
"Ars Nova", Tabla Rasa Gallery, New York, US (G)
"Home Land Security" FOR - SITE Foundation in collaboration with The National Park Service, Fort Winfield Scott, San Francisco, US (S)

2015
"Rites", Slag Gallery, New York, US (G)
"I want to To Hold You Close", Open Source Gallery, New York, US (S)
"PERFORM", Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery, Nassau Community College, New York, US (S)
"Adhere", Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, US (G)
"Human Territory", Slag Contemporary Williamsburg, New York, US (G)
"Hort Foundation Benefit Exhibition and Auction", Boss Contemporary Gallery, New York, US (G)
"Wagmag Benefit Exhibition and Auction", Boss Contemporary Gallery, New York, US (G)

2014
"The Line Starts Here", Slag Gallery, New York, US (S)
"Convergence", 808 Gallery, Boston, US (G)

2013
"Duct Tape Miami", Gitler&____, Miami, US (S)
"Stop and Frisk", Strivers Gardens Gallery, New York, US (S)
"ROOMS", Gitler&____, New York, US (G)
"El Paso/Juarez: Your Dreams Available Now", Purple Pop Up, El Paso, US (S)

2012
"Airport In Security", Chashama 461 Gallery, New York, US (S)
"Line.Grid.Black.White.", Dreitzer Gallery, Brandeis University, Waltham, US (G)
"TSA Chapel", LABA Gallery New York, US (S)

2011
"From Origin to Originality: Contemporary Israeli Art", The Laurie M. Tisch Gallery, New York, US (G)
"92nd Street Y Faculty Show", Weill Art Gallery, New York, US (G)
"Pop Up - Pop In", Amalgamated Artists, New York, US (G)
"I am my Beloved", Performance Project, LABA Theater, New York, US (G) 

2010
"MFA Thesis Show", 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, US (S)
"In Bodies That Don’t Keep", Two Person Show, Commonwealth Gallery, Boston, US (G)
"25th International Exhibition", Museum of Fine Arts Florida, Tallahassee, Florida, US (G)
"Market", RKB Gallery, London, UK (G)
"Realization of Dreams", Rubin-Frankel Gallery, Boston, US (G)

2009
"Boston Young Contemporaries", 808 Gallery, Boston, US (G)
"Imaging Desire", Aegis First Biennial, Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville, US (G)
"Boston Printmakers", 2009 North American Print Biennial, 808 Gallery, US (G)

2008
"Genesis", Collaborative Performance Project, American Dance Festival, Duke University Durham, North Carolina, US (G)
"ALMA Home for Hebrew Culture", Tel Aviv, IL (G)

2007
"Pieces of Change", Solo Gallery, Tel Aviv, IL (S)
"New Work", High Touch Gallery, Herzliya, IL (G)

2004
"Work In Progress", Art Space Gallery, Jerusalem, IL (G)


Awards

2002-2003 Artist in Residency, The International School of Drawing Painting and Sculpture, Umbria, IT
2008-2009 Dean’s Scholar Award, College of Fine Arts at Boston University, Boston, US
2009-2010 Boston University Woman’s Council Scholarship, Boston, US
2010-present Studio Residency, Chashama Workspace Program, New York, US
2011 Artist in Residency, I-Park Foundation, East Haddam, US
2011-2012 LABA Artist fellowship, 14th Street Y, New York, US
2013 International Artist Retreat, Six Points Sfellowship, Garrison Institute, New York, US
2015 Awesome Without Borders Grant, The Harnisch Foundation, New York, US


(S) Solo Exhibition
(G) Group Exhibition